Favourite Character Exercise

Creating a Character Card is a very common method for a Drama student to plan their character. Yet sometimes students struggle as the exercise seems a little abstract – and in some cases they attempt one before fully understanding their story. They then try to impose their abstract character details onto their devised piece – which creates its own problems.

This exercise tries to get each student to look at a favourite character from a drama/movie/TV show they have seen. If they have a connection with that character and that character’s experiences or adventures, they could find it easier to write about THAT CHARACTER’S details.

This particular exercise then challenges the student to look at voice and movement terms and provides a writing structure for discussion of those terms.

Part two of the exercise – you guessed it – is having the student attempt to complete the same exercise using a fresh blank template – but for the character they are currently creating for their own drama.


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